Great astrophotographies – February 2011

I think this is a record of some sort as I am only publishing today my selection of astrophotographies for February… Anyway, here is my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD).

This month is a bit special as my favorite is a video : ” How big is our Sun compared to other stars? In a dramatic and popular video featured on YouTube, the relative sizes of planets and stars are shown from smallest to largest. “

The video is visible in the full post below. This clearly demonstrates how infinitesimal we are and how our beautiful planet is tiny, thus the need to protect our ability to live on it…

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Great astrophotographies – November 2010

This is time for me to present my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). As always, here is my selection of the ten best pictures of last month. Today’s picture :

” On Reunion Island, it is known simply as “The Volcano.” To others, it is known as the Piton de la Fournaise, which is French for the Peak of the Furnace. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. “

I am absolutely still amazed at how many splendors can be seen at night. I just hope we may find a way to make our nights darker so more people can see them.

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Great astrophotographies – August 2010

This is time for me to present my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). This month was a bit special as I could only select eight of them. To the NASA, today’s picture :

Storms on the distant horizon and comet dust raining through the heavens above are combined in this alluring nightscape. (…) the composite of 8 consecutive exposures captures the flash of lightning and a bright Perseid meteor.

This might be my last selection of astrophotographies since I am increasingly aware that this kind of posts isn’t at all in the range of this blog. What do you think ?

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Great astrophotographies – May 2010

This is time for me to present my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). As always, this month was packed with beautiful images. It was difficult to select just ten. To the NASA, today’s picture :

” Flanked by two bright stars, Mu and Eta Geminorum, at the foot of a celestial twin, the Jellyfish Nebula is the brighter arcing ridge of emission with dangling tentacles below and right of center.

I am absolutely still amazed at how many splendors can be seen at night. I just hope we may find a way to make our nights darker so more people can see them.

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Great astrophotographies – September 2008

This month was particularly rich in beautiful pictures of celestial objects proposed as usual by the NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD)

So instead of proposing you eight pictures like I generally do, I chose ten photographs of nebulae, galaxies and the likes that are worth using as a wallpaper for your computer.

The image above is a detail of the Heart and Soul nebulae – called this way because the object on the right indeed looks like a heart –  featured on this great website.

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